The 30th Pendle Open Art Exhibition and the 4th Art and Vintage Market around the heart of Nelson attracted thousands of people.
And the work by the artists proved a big hit, impressing the public who attended.
The art exhibition was in Nelson’s ACE Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and at the same time the Vintage Market was in the ACE and the Victory Centre.
In the exhibition there were 180 pieces of art on show with 104 different artists taking part, and in the market there were 66 stalls involved at the two locations.
Pendle Leisure Trust’s art development manager, Kirsty Rose, said: “There were 2,790 visitors to the whole thing including the art exhibition. We made some changes this year and have now got bigger artworks in it.”
As well as paintings, sculptures and textiles, there is photography on show in the event and Kirsty said: “It’s gone really well. The public have written really nice stuff showing their thoughts on the displays and it was obvious they were impressed by the artwork.
“We had a really good mix this year and there were lots of people there.”
As well as the judges, the visitors could vote in relation to each of the categories, and in some cases both the judges and the public chose the same winner. The awards were presented on Sunday afternoon, with the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, presenting the prizes and certificates.
Kirsty made it clear that the public can find out more about the exhibition and the market stalls – and how they can get a stall themselves at the forthcoming Art and Vintage Market in Nelson Centre next April – via Pendle Leisure’s Blog. Visit: http://pendlegallery.blogspot.co.uk/
It was the exhibition’s 30th birthday and visitors were invited to write their comments in a critique. Among the thoughts were: “Amazing art, great stalls and sculptures”, “What talented people we have in Pendle”, “Some excellent artwork, especially the under-16s – Oh yes!”, “I really enjoy coming here – they should do it more often” and “Haven’t been to Nelson for ages - what a great venue and great event. Nice Giraffes!”.
Textiles and 3D. Judges, 1: “Giraffe” by Paul Graham; 2, Untitled by Kathryn Sutton. Popular vote, 1: “Giraffe” by Paul Graham; 2: “All That Jazz” by Juliet Tomkins.
Portraiture. Judges, 1: “My Sunshine” by Lindsay Sharp; 2: “Mick” by Joyce Kerton. Popular vote, 1: “Woman in Fur” by Julie Amos; 2: “Spray Paint Madonna” by Laura Shoesmith.
Pendle in Paint. Judges, 1: “Nelson in a New Light” by Sarah Glover; 2: “Club House, Nelson” by Harry Robinson. Popular vote, 1: “Birch Hall Lane” by Michael Kirkbride; 2: “Waterfall with Pendle Hill in Background” by Colin Kay.
Young Artist 7 to 11. Judges, 1: “The Tree Swing” by Ella Jordan; 2: “Splat Galaxy” by Imaan Shah. Popular vote, 1: “One Man and His Dog” by Harrison Wareing; 2: “Splat Galaxy” by Imaan Shah.
Young Artist 12 to 16. Judges, 1: “Lily” by Isabel Whittle; 2: “Essence of Flower” by Erin Rose O’Connnor. Popular vote, 1:“Calypso” by Hannah Lauren Wareing; 2: “Essence of Flower” by Erin Rose O’Connor.
Open. Judges, 1: “Meet the Wall Cow, Get Preserved in That!” by Alistair Isle; 2: “Curly Wurlies” by Susan Hermansen. Popular vote, 1: “Breaking all the Rules” by Nigel Holt; 2: “Meet the Wall Cow, Get Preserved in That!” by Alistair Isle.
Photography Natural. Judges, 1: “Puffin with Sand Eels” by Lewis Imeson; 2: “Looking for Brian” by David James. Popular vote, 1: “Puffin with Sand Eels” by Lewis Imeson; 2: “Looking for Brian” by David James.
Photography Edited. Judges, 1: “Who’s Visited Who?” by David Lord; 2: Untitled by Rafal Konat. Popular vote, 1: Who’s Visited Who?” by David Lord; 2: “Baby Kacper” by Kornelia Rozycka-Konat.
Landscapes. Judge, 1: “Hebden Gill to Yarnbury” by Bev Parker; 2: “Mousedale, Cornwall” by John Rickard. Popular vote, 1: “Trees” by Michael Kirkbride; 2: “The Lizard” by Eileen Hobson.